INDIANAPOLIS – For a second straight week Indy Eleven placed a forward on the USL Championship’s Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio, with striker Jordan Hamilton this time earning the recognition for his Week 6 performance.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario, earned his TOTW nod by notching a pair of penalty kick conversions in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Louisville City FC, which snapped the Eleven’s 10-game winless streak in the rivalry series. Hamilton earned the first spot kick himself after drawing a foul inside the penalty area in the 63rd minute and stepped up to take the crucial winner from the spot in the 89th minute after fellow forward Manuel Arteaga was taken down by the ‘keeper a minute earlier.
Since injury limited the 25-year-old striker to substitute appearances in Indy’s first two contests, Hamilton has scored three times across his first two starts, including the game-winners in both the Louisville victory and a 2-0 triumph over Sporting KC II on May 22. For more details on the two-time MLS Cup champion and prolific USL Championship scorer, click here to visit his bio page on indyeleven.com.
Hamilton is the third member of the Boys in Blue to earn a weekly recognition from the USL Championship thus far in 2021, coming on the heels of forward Gordon Wild’s Best XI placement last week (Week 5) and defender A.J. Cochran’s “honorable mention” nod on the Week 2 TOTW bench. The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.
Indy Eleven returns home this week for back-to-back home games on Wednesday, June 2, against OKC Energy FC (live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+ and Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com) and Saturday, June 5, versus Memphis 901 FC (WISH-TV, ESPN+ and Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com). Tickets for both 7:00 p.m. kickoffs at Carroll Stadium are now available and can be purchased at indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Both matches can also be followed in real time via updates on the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
GK – John Pulskamp, Sporting Kansas City II: John Pulskamp recorded a six-save shutout including five saves on shots inside the penalty area and also completed 27 of 30 passes in SKC II’s 0-0 draw with El Paso Locomotive FC on Sunday.
D – Adrian Diz Pe, Rio Grande Valley FC: Adrian Diz Pe recorded the assist on Juan Azocar’s spectacular late equalizer for the Toros against San Antonio FC and defensively won 13 of 15 duels, 7 of 8 aerial duels and made four interceptions.
D – Dani Rovira, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Dani Rovira recorded one assist and two key passes and defensively recorded four interceptions and 12 recoveries while winning four tackles and 10 duels in his side’s 3-0 win against the New York Red Bulls II.
D – Yuma, El Paso Locomotive FC: Yuma completed a game-high 94 of 99 passes and won 5 of 6 duels while making four interceptions and 10 recoveries in El Paso’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City II on Sunday evening.
D – Jack Metcalf, San Diego Loyal SC: Jack Metcalf recorded one assist and four key passes while completing 45 of 53 passes overall and winning 2 of 2 tackles in SD Loyal’s 2-1 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night.
M – Alex Dixon, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Alex Dixon notched one goal, one assist and two key passes while making 11 recoveries and recording two interceptions in the Hounds’ 3-0 win away to the New York Red Bulls II.
M – Bruno Lapa, Birmingham Legion FC: Bruno Lapa scored the decisive goal in a pair of 1-0 victories for Birmingham Legion FC over the week and also completed 76 of 90 passes and had five key passes as his side defeated OKC Energy FC and Atlanta United 2.
M – Danny Griffin, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Danny Griffin scored the opening goal in the Hounds’ 3-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls II and also won 4 of 4 tackles and made nine recoveries and three interceptions during the contest.
F – Jordan Hamilton, Indy Eleven: Jordan Hamilton scored both goals for Indy from the penalty spot, including the side’s late winner, and completed 12 of 16 passes as Indy defeated Louisville for the first time since 2018.
F – Santi Moar, Phoenix Rising FC: Santi Moar continued his regular-season goalscoring streak to six games as he recorded the lone goal in Phoenix’s 1-0 win against Sacramento Republic FC, while also completing 2 of 3 dribbles and making recording three key passes.
F – Jonny Bolivar, Loudoun United FC: Jonny Bolivar scored his first goal for Loudoun to lift the side to a 1-0 victory on the road against New Mexico United, while also recording six shots overall and completing 11 of 15 passes.
Bench: Danny Vitiello (PIT), Robert Coronado (OKC), Jasser Khmiri (SA), Jake Areman (CLT), Jorge Hernandez (LA), Alejandro Guido (SD), Ariel Martinez (MIA)